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Barossa flooded but winemakers not fussed

AAP logoAAP 30/09/2016 Rick Goodman

Vineyards across South Australia's Barossa Valley are underwater as the region is swept by flooding - but winemakers aren't sour about it.

Among the flooded vineyards are Peter Lehmann Wines and Langmeil Winery in Tanunda, and the family-run Elderton Wines in Nuriootpa.

Elderton's co-managing director Allister Ashmead says their oldest vineyard is half-submerged.

But such soakings, the result of two days of storms across parts of SA, are expected occasionally and can be good for the vines for seasons to come.

"The water table is being rejuvenated and the vines have had a drink," he told AAP.

"That means that the season ahead and probably a couple of seasons ahead are in a good place."

He said that while the region was often hit by drought, such flooding events weren't uncommon.

"But this was a big one, no doubt," he said.

Elderton's vineyard is on the banks of the North Para River, which Mr Ashmead described as "absolutely raging".

The river broke its banks in places but the winery had some protection from a flood wall the council had built 20 years ago, which saved the cellars.

The storms and flooding had also created extra clean-up work with tree branches and other debris dragged through the vineyard.

But Mr Ashmead reassured anyone planning a visit to the Barossa over the long weekend that there would be no shortage of wine and good times.

"It's business as usual," he said.

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